Dec 6, 2017 at 12:41Dec 6, 2017
Intense Announces Lower Retail Prices and Hybrid Direct-to-Customer Sales
I've owned 6 Intense's since 2000 and had the privilege of a factory tour back in 2014. I like their bikes but will miss the cachet of having a hand made alloy frame. I never had a misaligned frame and yes I've cracked a couple. I think the recent business moves (carbon frames only, offshore manufacturing, focusing on complete builds) were necessary to survive and reflect the new reality. Smaller boutique brands must adapt now or they will lose to the YT's and others. Bigger brands with deeper pockets will likely have more of a multi-channel approach. Our small local bike shops have pretty much adapted already. Buying a high end bike like an Intense was always been special order. Mobile mechanic models like Velofix will really benefit from this as well as they currently make their money on service and P&A rather than stocking complete bikes.
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Rode in Camp Fortune. view ridelog
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Oct 2, 2017 at 13:13Oct 2, 2017
New Zealand Bike-Rafting Expedition - Waiau-toa Odyssey Video and Photo Story
That was really cool. My mates and were fortunate enough to borrow some demo Alpacka Rafts this weekend and did a simple ride up a local river and then paddled back down over this past weekend. These rafts are really well built, super comfortable an they handled very well, even with our fat bikes strapped on the front of the boat. Seriously considering picking one up next year to replace the entry level packraft I purchased last season.
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Opinion: The Table
Well written RC. After years of owning 6 Intense bikes I had the chance to visit the factory in 2013 and meet Jeff, Sam Wilson and RTW. It was really cool meeting these guys and seeing where my frames were produced and seeing the CNC mills turning out linkages and other pieces. I left wondering how long they would be able to keep up aluminum bike production though. It didn't seem scalable and the writing was on the wall about carbon sales starting to take over. The new bikes all look great and push all my buttons, but I'm still a buy a frame and hang my own parts on it person. Not sure if the next one will be an Intense or not. We will see when the time comes.
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Jul 25, 2016 at 5:52Jul 25, 2016
Supernatural Quebec - Part One
@jtaza: It's defintely worth the visit if you haven't vetured into the region. A little slice of BC type conditions without the need to fly.